Penelope Boyd

Penelope Boyd is a Canberra artist whose work is driven by her fascination with the psychology of childhood and the fragility of early memory. From her home studio, Penelope paints with acrylics in a loose, realist style from a variety of source imagery including vintage knitting and sewing patterns, as well as her own photographs.

Penelope’s paintings depict scenarios and objects that seem at first innocuous, but in her understated pallet and use of light and shadow, each work hints at something more dangerous. The works often convey an ambiguous, hard-to-define emotion - suggestive of a narrative which winds around the painting. This subtle 'unsettling' effect stays with the viewer for a long time after seeing these beautiful works.


2016                Finalist, Empire Global Art Awards 

2016                Finalist, M16 Artspace Drawing Prize

2016                Finalist, Staedtler Yen Art Awards

2014               Winner, Cliftons Art Prize

2014               Finalist, Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

2014               Finalist, M16 Artspace Drawing Prize

2014               Finalist, Staedtler Yen Art Awards

2013               Finalist, Cliftons Art Prize